Nigerian men held after drug den bust

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Copy of ND drugs 2 (40564735)_CITY_E1 Independent Newspapers These two suspects were believed to be involved in the manufacture of ecstasy tablets in Durban.

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Police arrested two men and seized drugs worth about R280 000 from a flat during a raid on Monday.

The men, Nigerians aged 30 and 34, have been charged with dealing in narcotics and were expected to appear in the Durban Magistrate’s Court on Tuesday.

Police found ecstasy tablets and the drug methcathinone, commonly known as cat, hidden in their kitchen.

The bust came after police followed a known drug dealer who was on his way to the Point.

In OR Tambo (Marine) Parade, police saw a parked white Volkswagen Polo, said police spokesman Colonel Jay Naicker.

“One of the occupants in the Polo was a suspected drug dealer. Police searched the vehicle and found 27 ecstasy tablets. Police searched their flat in John Ross House in Margaret Mncadi Avenue (Victoria Embankment),” Naicker said.

In the kitchen they found 4 700 ecstasy tablets and a quantity of cat. The ecstasy tablets have a street sale value of R50 each.

Police also found various powders that are used to add colour to tablets.

Police believe the suspects were known drug manufacturers and wholesalers of ecstasy tablets.

The Durban flying squad narcotics team, led by Warrant Officer Dean Pillay and known as the G6 because they travel around in a Golf 6, seized the narcotics.

The source said a phone belonging to one of the arrested dealers had several messages from clients in the Point area, requesting consignments of ecstasy ranging from 200 to 1 000 tablets.

The customers would place an order over the phone, and once the dealer had the required amount they would meet and conclude the deal.

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